You can try various flavors of juice—including grape juice with blue food coloring for verisimilitude—to make a custom adult Bomb Pop to suit your fancy.

Makes 18 popsicles


  • 3 cups cherry juice cocktail
  • 3 cups limeade
  • 10 drops blue food coloring (the gel variety available at baking stores is most intense; you may need more if you use commercial food coloring from the grocery store)
  • 3 cups white grape juice


    Place eighteen 5-ounce disposable drinking cups in a lined 9 × 13-inch baking sheet. To keep your Popsicle sticks in place when you insert them, put a piece of freezer tape across the top of each cup, pressing firmly to adhere the tape to the sides of the cup. Then, using the tip of a sharp knife, cut a small slit in the center of each piece of tape. Insert a food-safe wooden craft stick into each cup through the slit.

    Fill the cups about one-third full with cherry juice, about 2 tablespoons of juice each. Freeze the cups for about 4 hours, or until the juice is frozen (this will depend on your freezer power).

    Remove the pops from the freezer and pour the limeade into each cup on top of the frozen cherry juice, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Return the cups to the freezer for 2 to 4 additional hours, or until the limeade is frozen.

    Mix your food coloring and white grape juice to achieve a blue color.

    Repeat your freezing technique with the grape juice, pouring it nearly to the top over your already-frozen juice. Freeze until the Popsicles are completely set, about 3 hours. To serve, briefly hold the cups upside down under gently running warm water to release the Popsicles. Store in the freezer for up to 1 week.

    From Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) (Clarkson Potter) by Jennifer Steinhauer.

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